GAS GAS Teamsters, Jordi Pasquet, Marc Colomer and Dan Thorpe won the prestigious Manufacturers Team Award at the SSDT last week.
With Jordi finishing best GG rider in 4th place, Dan 6th and Marc 9th at his first attempt at the Scottish.
Individual GG Results;
Jordi Pasquet; (4th)
Jordi, who is now a regular at the SSDT rode consistantly all week and is still amazed at the high standard of riding in Scotland. He will return again next year to try yet again to win!
Shaun Morris; (5th)
Shaun finished 5th and also won the Newcomer Award for best first timer.
His modern riding style does not suit the SSDT at all and he adapted well through the week, slowly getting used to the traditional type sections. He had some real simple ‘5’s at Chairlift and Pipers Burn which you simply cannot have in Scotland. Nevertheless, he didn’t give in and pushed on to finish 5th at the finish.
I am happy with Shaun because he has been very frustrated about the sport lately with regards to being a full time trials rider and with his good result in Scotland i hope he will continue and have some good results over the next few months.
He has the 2nd round of the BTC this coming weekend and the next round of the WTC in the USA the weekend after.
Dan Thorpe; (6th)
Dan finished 6th this year and i know he is not happy with that, as he went to win this year. I personally thought that this could have been his year especially after his fantastic National form running up to Scotland.
Dan started very well and was in a very confident and relaxed mood and everything was going to plan until our late day on Thursday (Day 4).
Thursday was the day that Dan should have gone ‘clean’. He went through Chairlift with no problems but then at the easy final section at ‘Ba House’ he had a very slack ‘five’ which you simply cannot have in Scotland. The section was nothing really, he wobbled abit at the start of the section, got off line and he didn’t recover resulting in a sickening five. I was there and when you are willing somebody on, to watch a classic mistake like this actually makes you feel sick. I personally rode to the next group (Gorton) feeling very sick indeed, so i can imagine how Dan felt. He had another ‘5’ at Gorton which was really the end of Dans hopes of winning this years Scottish. He finished the Day on 11. Not good.
From then on, he rode the last 2 days well, but would have known that he was then fighting for 2nd place which was possible. However it was not meant to be and in the end 6th was result he ended up with. Dan deserved better to be honest and i am very dissappointed for him.
Next year bud!
Marc Colomer; (9th)
Marc rode his first Scottish this year and rode round all week just enjoying himself. The Ex World Trials Champion (1996) was simply amazed at the high standard of riding in Scotland. So many riders ride well in Scotland and Marc was constantly shaking his head when he looked at the results. His ultra smooth riding style was a joy to watch and one ride that deserves a mention was the last section at Meall Nam Each on Friday. The difficult top sub was possible but when he veered off line i thought he’d stuffed it, however, he never panicked, got back on line and flicked through the end in superb style, well impressive! I hope someone has it on video ?!
Finished the week winning the final day with a loss of only ‘1’ mark !
Sam Haslam; (13th)
Another first timer this year was 18 year old Sam Haslam. Finishing 13th was a very good result for Sam and i am pleased with him. He goes about his riding, very similar to Graham Jarvis, very relaxed, focused and does nothing flash. Sam just got on with the job and had 6 steady days which ended up in 13th. I think you’ll find that over the next few years this result will dramatically improve as he is in love with trial already! Good work Sam.
Shirty jnr: (17th)
Overweight, unfit, and knackered after 3 days and still finished 17th !! I am very happy with my final result.
Had five stupid ‘5’s including fiving the easy bottom sub at Forest Gate for the second year running ! I hope it was good entertainment for those who saw this as i was not pleased especially as i did the exact same thing last year!
Anyway, for me nowadays the SSDT is an event that i just love to ride and hopefully help my Team riders with my vast experience of the event. Helping Dan, Shaun and Sam this year was cool and i hope i proved to them that i can still ride a bit too!
I am very confident with my staff left back in the carpark looking after things, allowing me to continue to ride to enjoy and help my Team with lines, encouragement etc.
Richard Timpeley (26th)
Back on GAS GAS! Collected a new bike a week before Scotland. Welcome back mate.
Thierry Michaud (35th)
Once the best, still bloody good!
Craig Robinson (51st)
GG employee, Craig Robinson finished his first Scottish in 51st place, just outside the Special Class awards.
Dont be too hard on yourself bud, you had a good steady week. Better luck next year !
Ashley Smith (57th)
Ash rode this years event on a 125 and with his steady riding style collected a respectable First Class award.
John Hulme (132nd)
Team babysitter ! Welldone and many thanks for your help as always.
Thanks to Wife Jane and Mother in law Janice for supplying refreshments etc. to us all.
Katy Sunter (159th)
Good on ya Katy!
Congratulations to all other GG finishers and congratulations to Mr. Graham Jarvis and Sherco for completely dominating this years event. Graham was simply the most focused rider this year and fully deserves the win. Respect to you Grimbo!
SPECIAL THANKS GO TO;
FACTORY KEV, AL THE SPANNER and ANDY HIPWELL who looked after things back at base. Bloody long days and your commitment is most appreciated. Thankyou!
Until next year….